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Subject:  Fwd:  Little Known Facts


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1.   Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2.   Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3.   The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. 
     No  one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.
4.   There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
5.   The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
6.   A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
7.   There are more chickens than people in the world.
8.   Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
9.   The longest one-syllable word in the English language
     is "screeched."
10.   On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament
      Building is an American flag.
11.   All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
12.   No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver
      or purple.
13.  "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
14.   All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on
      the back of the $5 bill.
15.   Almonds are a member of the peach family.
16.   Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
17.   Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
18.   There are only four words in the English language which end in
      "-dous" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and  hazardous.
19.  Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de
     los Angeles de Porciuncula"- and can be  abbreviated to 3.63% of its
     size: "L.A."
20.  A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
21.  An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
22.  Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
23.  In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on
     a watch is 10:10.
24.  Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
25.  When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home,
     the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
26.  The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after
     Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's 
     "Its A Wonderful Life."
28.  A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
29.  A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
30.  On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper
     left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a  
     spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
31.   It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.  
      (DON'T try this @ home!)
32.   The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
33.   Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? 
      Paul Reiser himself.
34.   In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
35.   The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the
      creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, 
      and O-Z, hence "Oz."
36.   The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a 
      radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
37.   Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
38.   John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
39.   The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
40.   There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
41.   Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only 
      the left hand.

Facts we cannot live without knowing.......
It was the accepted practice in Babylon, 4,000 years ago, that for a
month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law
with all the mead he could drink.  Mead is a honey beer, and because
their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month"
or what we know today as the "honeymoon."

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts.  So in old England,
when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind
their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase
"mind your P's and Q's."

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the
rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they
used the whistle to get some service.  "Wet your whistle," is the phrase
inspired by this practice.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed
firmer to sleep on. That's where the  phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight"
came from.

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the
Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber
machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded
into the fuselage.  If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it
got "the whole 9 yards."

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which
stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your
thumb.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's
supply of footballs.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are
already married.

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year. BE
CAREFUL


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